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Community colleges should help students keep hope alive

The Connecticut Mirror last week reported Higher Education Commissioner Michael Meotti’s belief, seconded by Gov. Dannel Malloy, that Connecticut’s community colleges might need to turn away people who, as Meotti put it, “have no ability to be successful in a college classroom.”  Our campuses are crowded, Commissioner Meotti said, and there is little funding expansion. […]

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No Weinergate here: State delegation plays it safe on Twitter

WASHINGTON–Here’s a tweet, the likes of which you will almost certainly never read from anyone in Connecticut’s congressional delegation: “Sorry for all the unwanted attention on #WeinerYes follows. I didn’t mean to make you famous. #CollateralDamage.” Sure, the younger Connecticut lawmakers, like Reps. Jim Himes and Chris Murphy, try to be edgy and real with […]

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Bill waiving charter school teacher certification heads for governor’s desk

Legislators in both chambers have approved a bill waiving the certification requirements for many of the teachers and administrators in the state’s charter schools. Charter schools, like regular public schools, are allowed to hire teachers who lack state certification, but the teachers must get certified within two years. Meeting the certification requirement has been a problem at […]

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They shoot horses, don’t they?

Yowza, yowza, yowza. The House GOP is considering talking and rocking around the clock on the paid sick days bill. The question is how many times around the clock? Debate got under way at 3:41 p.m. Rep. Arthur O’Neill, R-Southbury, says the GOP minority has been told to be ready for at least a 24-hour […]

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Larson, Himes only “yes” votes on resolutions critical of U.S. role in Libya

With two notable exceptions, the Connecticut delegation voted against twin resolutions critical of the U.S. military involvement in Libya. After an impassioned House debate Friday about the U.S. role in that conflict, the House approved a resolution stating that President Barack Obama had “failed to provide Congress with a compelling rationale” for the U.S. military […]

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Community colleges should help students keep hope alive

The Connecticut Mirror last week reported Higher Education Commissioner Michael Meotti’s belief, seconded by Gov. Dannel Malloy, that Connecticut’s community colleges might need to turn away people who, as Meotti put it, “have no ability to be successful in a college classroom.”  Our campuses are crowded, Commissioner Meotti said, and there is little funding expansion. […]